Australia: Live export ban gains ground with NXT signalling support.

Live export ban gains ground with NXT signalling support



THE Nick Xenophon Team is pushing for Australian meat to be processed locally and has signalled it will likely deliver crucial crossbench support to a proposal to ban live exports.

Mayo MP Rebekha Sharkie, whose electorate is home to a number of sheep farmers, has written to Agriculture Minister David Littleproud to call for an end to animal abuse in the industry.

Liberal backbench MP Sussan Ley has pledged to introduce a Bill next month to ban live exports to the Middle East despite efforts by farming groups to dissuade her.

Because a ban is not Government policy, for Ms Ley’s plan to be successful she would need support from Labor as well as some members of the crossbench, or for some Liberals to cross the floor.

Ms Sharkie said she would need to see the Bill’s content before making a firm decision.

“However … I believe she is looking at a very measured and logical approach to phasing out the industry,” Ms Sharkie said.

“My preference has always been to have meat processed on Australian shores and exported in a chilled form.

“The meat processing industry in Australia directly employs 35,000 people and indirectly employs 100,000 people. I want to keep these jobs in Australia.”

Acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek urged the Government to consider a suspension in the northern hemisphere summer trade while a review ordered by Mr Littleproud was completed.



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